Welcome to SORC

 

The SORC mission is to lead the expansion of offshore competitive sailing in South Florida by providing the highest level of race organization, management and promotions for those that enjoy the sport of ocean sailing. The SORC is a Florida non-profit organization driven by a select group of volunteers that bring professional event management, sailing, racing and other skills to the organization.

 

 

 

 

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December 4, 2017

Islands in the Stream Update

The midway point of the 2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Series finds Todd Stuart’s Swan 56 White Rhino holding a one point lead over Jim Bill, Eamonn deLisser, and Horst Baier’s Farr 395 Senara.  Both teams won their respective classes in the season-opening Nassau Cup Ocean Race, with White Rhino winning the IRC Class in the Wirth M. Munroe Palm Beach Race, and Senara finishing second in PHRF A in the Palm Beach Race, after winning the PHRF Fleet in the Nassau Cup.  Michael D’Amelio’s JV52 Denali is two points behind Senara, with Mike Kayusa’s Farr 30 Raven, with consistent third-place finishes in Nassau and Palm Beach.

 

A handful of tough competitors have competitive scores in one of the two races, and are in position to jump up the leader board with a good finish in the Lauderdale to Key West Race on January 10, 2018.  Don Lasky’s J30 Paparazzi and Anson Mulder’s Oyster 575 24 Heures won their respective PHRF classes in the Palm Beach Race, and are poised to jump into the mix in Key West, a race in which both skippers and teams have excelled in the past.  Former Key West Race winners Christian Schaumloffel and his Hobie 33 Myrage and Steve and Heidi Benjamin, with their TP52 Spookie have a second place finish in the Nassau Cup Race and Palm Beach Race, respectively, and can be chasing the rumbling Rhino with a good score in Key West. Complete Standings here

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series, with the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race on January 10, and the Finale in the Miami to Havana Race on February 14.  Watch this page for Series updates, and the SORC Sailing Facebook page for information on all SORC races. 

 

October 3, 2017

The Show Will Go On

The 2017 hurricane season has been brutal for sailors from the Caribbean to Texas and Florida, and many points in between.  We have all seen images of the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria left behind in their own “Thelma and Louise-like” tale of angry women breathing fire at everything along their path.  Many of us sail in the tropical playgrounds upended by Irma and Maria, and our winter activities cannot help but be effected by what they left behind.  Here is a report on where the Southern Ocean Racing Conference stands as of the beginning of October.

 

The SORC could run all four of its races right now, and we are set to run all of them at their scheduled time.  Neither storm delivered much of a blow to Nassau, though Irma wreaked some havoc on the South Florida sailing fleet.  Coral Reef Yacht Club is up and running, and will be ready to host competitors in the Nassau Cup Ocean Race when they arrive for the Mt. Gay Rum Party on November 8th.  The biggest change in Nassau is not related to Irma, it is the opening of the $3.5-billion Baha Mar resort, a project ten-years in the making. (More info here.)

 

Nassau Yacht Club is ready to host a day of post-race fun, including match-racing in J22s and the evening awards celebration.  The Nassau Cup is good to go right now.  Entries are open, with classes available for IRC, ORC, PHRF, Racer-Cruiser/ARC and Multihull entries. See the Nassau Cup Race website for more info.  Sign up by October 15 for the early entry fee.

 

The Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race, known amongst South Florida racing aficionados as the “Race to the Buffet” because of the amazing buffet dinner hosted by the Sailfish Club of Florida in Palm Beach, is always held on the first Friday in December, and will be no different this year (December 1). Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, which hosts the Skippers Meeting on Thursday November 30, and the Sailfish Club are up, running and operational.  Visit the Wirth Monroe Yacht Race website for entry and race information.

 

We have all seen the horrible images from the Florida Keys, after Irma worked her magic.  The worst of the storm passed to the east of Key West, and spared the island from the worst of the damage, which is up near Big Pine Key.  Marinas, docks, hotels, restaurants and other businesses in Key West are in fine shape right now for hosting the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race.  The 42nd running of the race, hosted by Lauderdale Yacht Club and Storm Trysail Club (also hosts of the Nassau Cup and Wirth M. Munroe Races), will start on Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018, after a pre-race party and Skippers Meeting at Lauderdale Yacht Club the night before. As always, the SORC Duty Station will take over the upper deck bar at Turtle Kraals on Thursday and Friday, for all your race merchandise and libation needs...and the Awards Party will be at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday night, as always. 

 

One thing will be changing about this year’s Key West Race. The cancellation of Key West Race Week for 2018 means that there should be more space in Key West on the weekend.  There is no better way to celebrate that than with a boat race.  With that in mind, the SORC is reviving the Conch Grinder Race on Saturday morning.  Watch for details on the event that was always so much fun that former participants cannot seem to remember pertinent details about it.  

 

Finally, the season wraps up with the Cuba Race.  Coral Reef Yacht Club will host the pre-race festivities on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and the race will begin southeast of Government Cut the following morning, with the finish in Varadero, Cuba.  The race is still on and preparations are being organized.  We are monitoring the diplomatic situation carefully, with the safety and security of all sailors in mind.  We will post updated information as it becomes available, on this page and the Cuba Race website.

Do not miss out on the action this winter.  The early entry deadline for the Nassau Cup Race is rapidly approaching (Oct. 15).  Follow this page and the SORC Sailing Facebook page for more information.

 

September 23, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update

Florida is a little nicked up right now from Hurricane Irma, but our schedule has not changed, and we are moving forward with all of our events. Make your plans for more SORC action in 2017 and 2018.

 

August 7, 2017

Right Around the Corner....

November is going to be here before you know it, and with it comes the beginning of winter offshore racing in South Florida.  That can only mean one thing: the Nassau Cup Ocean Race, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club, Nassau Yacht Club and the Storm Trysail Club, is scheduled to start on Thursday November 9.  Where would you rather be in early November, making sure you have enough layers to stay warm, or setting off from South Beach in the first race of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series, for a blast past Great Isaac, Great Stirrup and the Berry Islands on the way to Nassau as competitors before you have done since 1934? 

 

Get moving, because if you complete your entry before September 15, you will get a free bottle of Mt. Gay Rum when you check in before the Skippers Meeting at Coral Reef Yacht Club on November 8, courtesy of SORC Race Management. As always, there will be match racing and an Awards Party at Nassau Yacht Club on Saturday the 11th. 

 

December’s race is the winter classic Wirth Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race, organized by Sailfish Club of Florida, the Storm Trysail Club, and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and managed by Sailfish Club of Florida and SORC. The Wirth Munroe Race, from Miami to Palm Beach, the second race of the SORC Series is always held on the first Friday in December and always concluded with the best buffet dinner in racing, at the Sailfish Club of Florida. The “Race to the Buffet” is not one to miss.

 

Something old, something new... for the Fort Lauderdale to Key West Race.  Kick the new year off right with a January visit to Ft. Lauderdale and a Tuesday night party at the Lauderdale Yacht Club prior to the Wednesday, January 10, 2018 start of the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by LYC and the Storm Trysail Club and managed by the SORC.  The race once again serves as the third race of the SORC Islands in the Stream Series. Spend a Thursday or Friday afternoon in the sun at the Duty Station at the upstairs patio bar at Turtle Kraals, and enjoy the Mt. Gay Rum pour at the awards party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday night.

 

Stick around on Saturday morning for the return of the Conch Grinder Race, a fun foray onto the waters off of Key West.  The Conch Grinder was a staple of the era when the Lauderdale to Key West fleet rafted up in the submarine basin, for all manner of activities that resulted in a common recollection of the Conch Grinder: “I remember thinking that I could not believe that I was out racing on a Saturday morning in that condition.”  Those were the days and the SORC will bring the sailing part of that back for 2018; the rest of the experience is up to you. 

The 3rd Annual Miami to Cuba Race will start on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, finish in Varadero, Cuba, and will once again serve as the deciding race for the SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  Details for the race, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club and SORC, are being finalized and will be announced shortly.

 

What started as a trial run in last February’s Havana Race had enough interest that it will be a feature of all four SORC races this season.  The East Coast Racer Cruiser Association class will provide a chance for racer/cruisers to get on the course and enjoy the camaraderie and competition of racing against similar boats to interesting and fun destinations, while enjoying a comfortable boat with a full interior, and without the need for an annual purchase of a new sail inventory.  The ECRCA comprised a third of the monohull fleet for the Havana Race, and the close scores showed just how competitive this group of racers can be.  Welcome to the Series, ECRCA.

Watch for more SORC Islands in the Stream Series news on this page or on the SORC Sailing Facebook Page.  Nassau Cup Race info is available on the race web page, www.nassaucuprace.org. Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race info is available at www.sailfishclub.com. The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race website is www.keywestrace.org, and the Cuba Race site is www.havanarace.org.

 

 

July 2, 2017

2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Notice of Series

The dates for the 2017-18 SORC Islands in the Stream Series are set and the Notice of Series is done, so make your plans now to pack your winter with warm-water, tropical SORC action.  The season starts off of South Beach with the Nassau Cup Race hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, Storm Trysail Club, and Nassau Yacht Club, and managed by SORC, starting on Thursday, November 9, 2017. As always, there will be match racing and post-race festivities at the Nassau Yacht Club. 

 

December’s race is the winter classic Wirth Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race, hosted by Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, the Storm Trysail Club and the Sailfish Club of Florida, and managed by SORC. The Wirth Munroe Race, from Miami to Palm Beach, is always held on the first Friday in December and always concluded with the best buffet dinner in racing, at the Sailfish Club of Florida. The “Race to the Buffet” is not one to miss.

 

Kick the new year off right with a visit to Ft. Lauderdale and a Tuesday night party at the Lauderdale Yacht Club prior to the Wednesday, January 10, 2018 start of the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, hosted by LYC and the Storm Trysail Club and managed by the SORC.  Spend a Thursday or Friday afternoon in the sun at the SORC Duty Station at the upstairs patio bar at Turtle Kraals, and enjoy the Mt. Gay Rum pour at the awards party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill on Friday night. Stick around on Saturday morning for the return of the Conch Grinder Race, a fun foray onto the waters off of Key West.

 

The 3rd Annual Miami to Cuba Race will start on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, finish in Varadero, Cuba, and will once again serve as the deciding race for the SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  Details for the race, hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club and SORC, are being finalized and will be announced shortly. 

 

Watch for more SORC Islands in the Stream Series news on this page or on the SORC Sailing Facebook Page.  Nassau Cup Race info is available on the race web page, www.nassaucuprace.org. Wirth M. Munroe Invitational Palm Beach Race info is available at www.sailfishclub.com. The Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race website is www.keywestrace.org, and the Cuba Race site is www.havanarace.org.

 

 

April 4, 2017

SORC Islands in the Stream Series Results

Andrew Pike and the Corinthian team on his Beneteau First 45 Achilles Keel survived the grind of the 2016-17 SORC Islands in the Stream Series to claim top honors at the final awards presentation at Club Nautico Internacional Havana on March 18.  The team rose to the top in grand SORC style, nipping the time-limit in a light air race to Nassau in November’s Nassau Cup, and an upwind grinder in the Wirth M. Munroe Palm Beach Race, to place second in both.  The team skipped the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, burning up their throw-out race in order to install a new engine in the boat and to refresh the sail inventory mid-series. 

 

That set the stage for the Miami to Havana Race, the final race of the series.  Achilles’ Keel entered the race tied with Eamonn deLisser and Jim Bill’s Farr 395 Senara for the series lead. A mid-race wind shift to the west forced much of the fleet to make the turn across the Gulfstream earlier than they may have wanted, including SenaraAchilles’ Keel soldiered on to the west and benefitted from a better angle through the stream as a result, as did most of the class winners in the event. Achilles’ Keel ended up fourth in the IRC Class, with Senara scoring fifth in PHRF B, totaling nine points for the Series, to Achilles’ Keel’s eight. 

 

Phil Scalise’s Baltic/Peterson 38 Santarella overcame a tough Nassau Cup race to climb into third place for the Series, just two points off of the lead, thanks to good scores through the middle of the Series, in the Palm Beach Race and the Key West Race.  Stuart Hebb and John Vincent’s Aerodyne 38 Thin Ice was fourth, another point back, and with twelve points, FK Day’s beautiful Class 40 Longbow rounded out the top five in the Series with a third in PHRF A for the Havana Race.


Start planning now for the 2017-2018 SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  The Nassau Cup Race kicks off on November 9, just off of South Beach and takes competitors through the Bahamas, along the Berry Islands, to the festivities in Nassau at the Nassau Yacht Club.  The Wirth Munroe Palm Beach Race will take the fleet from South Beach to Palm Beach (where the best buffet dinner in sailing awaits at the Sailfish Club of Florida) on Friday, December 1.  The fleet convenes at Lauderdale Yacht Club to ring in the new year of racing before the January 10, 2018 start of the Ft. Lauderdale to Key West Race, the annual downwind romp down the Keys to Key West, where the SORC will host the duty station at the upstairs bar at Turtle Kraals, and the Awards Party at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar and Grill.  The Series will wrap up once again with a race from Miami to Cuba, with details to be announced. 

 

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the 2016-2017 SORC Islands in the Stream Series.  We look forward to seeing you next season. 

 

Final Series Reults:

Boat Name

Nassau Cup

Wirth M. Munroe Race

Ft. Lauderdale to Key West

Miami to Havana

Total

Achilles Keel

2

2

-

4

8

Senara

2

2

4

5

9

Santarella

8

2

3

5

10

Thin Ice

5

3

4

4

11

Longbow

-

6

3

3

12